Lake Mohave Fish Habitat Project
Sportfish and native fish in Lake Mohave have been reaping the benefits of a partnership between Arizona Game & Fish (AZGFD), Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), National Park Service and the Mohave County Coyote Program for the last 6 years. The COalition YOuth TEam (COYOTE) is a public-private partnership program coordinated through Mohave County’s ARIZONA@WORK Job Centers that is dedicated to youth development and employment training for youth, ages 14 through 24. During the COYOTE Summer Program, participants learn work readiness and occupational skills. This 7-week summer training is a great way to teach youth the intricacies and realities of the transition into the workforce and give them the opportunity to “earn while they learn” up to 210 hours of valuable work experience.
The goals of the program are to provide youth the opportunities for career exploration and skill development, as well as enable youth to gain exposure to the working world and its requirements. Since 2011, AZGFD and the Bullhead City COYOTE Green Team have worked together in partnership to build and plant fish habitat structures in Lake Mohave. The Green Team, based out of Davis Camp, Mohave County, learn skills to measure, cut and prepare the materials used to construct the fish habitats. After the materials are ready, they are transported to the lake for final construction by the Green Team and are ready to be dropped in designated coves. AZGFD Biologist Gregg Cummins organizes and coordinates the project and NDOW donates the materials for the PVC structures and supplies the barge for deploying the structures in various coves in Lake Mohave. These habitats, once immersed, become homes to smaller fish and protection against predators. The habitat also congregates fish and makes them easier to find for anglers.